Andrew Zolli is Chief Impact Officer at Planet.

Ecuador Earthquake Data Available Under Open License


The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on Saturday has taken hundreds of lives and displaced thousands. Ordinary citizens, rescue crews and aid workers are doing everything they can on the ground to help survivors, assess damage, and direct relief efforts.

We want to help. Planet’s imagery of the region is now available under an open usage license (CC BY-SA), and is traceable on OpenStreetMap. This data includes pre- and post- quake imagery collected by our Dove and RapidEye satellite constellations. Imagery collected between April 16 and April 20 is currently available.

Portoviejo, Ecuador. Captured by a RapidEye satellite on April 19, 2016

We will continue to release relevant imagery to help first responders on the ground and the community of digital humanitarians, mapping this disaster from afar.

If you’re interested in contributing to relief efforts, you can download our imagery immediately from the planetlabs-ecuador-earthquake-201604 S3 bucket. If you’d like to browse and analyze this imagery data on Planet’s online platform (API or online browser), email